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Crosstalk for Improvising Electric Guitarist and String Quartet

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Lyons, Frank (2010) Crosstalk for Improvising Electric Guitarist and String Quartet., CMC Dublin [Other]

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Abstract

Crosstalk is based conceptually on the idea of the guitarist as ‘outsider’ who eavesdrops on the conversations of the string quartet, often entering the conversation uneasily in the form of dialogue with one of the other instruments which then builds into more engaged interaction with other quartet members, sometimes heated and sometimes calm. The piece is structured as follows: after a brief introduction there are four contrasting sections, each opening with a short duo, followed by a solo guitar cadenza and ending with a coda. Each section investigates properties of a particular set of interval classes; some sections are strictly metered and others unmetered and improvisatory. The piece was written using technical approaches which explore the qualities of this particular group of musicians: in Simon Jermyn’s case to give free reign to his creativity and in particular his ability to improvise using interval class sets rather than the scale/chord relationships normally adopted by jazz guitarists; in the case of the Smith Quartet to highlight their incredible virtuosity, rhythmic vitality and sensitivity.

Item Type:Other
Faculties and Schools:Faculty of Arts
Faculty of Arts > School of Creative Arts and Technologies
Research Institutes and Groups:Arts and Humanities Research Institute
Arts and Humanities Research Institute > Creative Arts and Technologies
ID Code:13166
Deposited By:Professor Frank Lyons
Deposited On:21 Apr 2010 20:19
Last Modified:15 Jun 2011 11:06

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